- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 26, 2006

Kuwaiti donation

The Kuwaiti ambassador wants Americans to remember that his country will always be grateful for the U.S.-led liberation of his country from brutal occupation under Iraq’s former dictator Saddam Hussein.

Ambassador Sheik Salem al-Sabah called Kuwait’s latest $25 million donation to the American Red Cross an example of the gratitude from the Gulf emirate. The donation for Hurricane Katrina relief was made last week as part of Kuwait’s larger goal of giving $500 million to the victims of the disaster.

“The people of Kuwait will always be there with their American friends during times of need,” he said. “Americans were with us in our time of need and helped liberate Kuwait in 1991. We can only reciprocate.”

Hilal al-Sayer, vice president of the Kuwait Red Crescent, presented a check to Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, chairwoman of the American Red Cross, at a ceremony at Red Cross headquarters in Washington.

The ambassador said the $25 million check is the largest single donation made to the Red Cross. The donation was made on the 15th anniversary of the liberation of Kuwait.

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:


• Ibrahim A. Gambari, U.N. undersecretary-general for political affairs, who addresses the Center for Strategic and International Studies about peacekeeping and the United Nations.

• Foreign Minister Jimenez Puerto of Honduras.

• Jose Ramos-Horta, senior minister of foreign affairs and cooperation of East Timor and Nobel Peace Prize winner, who addresses Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.


• Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy, who meets President Bush. On Wednesday, he addresses a joint session of Congress and attends a reception hosted by the National Italian American Foundation.

• A Russian delegation comprising Gov. Valentina Matvienko of St. Petersburg; Vice Govs. Mikhail Oseevsky and Yuri Molchanov; Leonid Lebedev, a member of the Federation Council; Vitaly Yuzhilin, a member of the Russian legislature; Sergei Markov, deputy chairman of the St. Petersburg’s external relations committee; and Vladimir Katenev, president of the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry. They attend a dinner hosted by the U.S.-Russia Business Council.

• Luis Evelis Andrade, president of the National Indigenous Organization of Colombia, who addresses the Inter-American Dialogue.

• Koos van der Velden, chairman of the European Influenza Surveillance Scheme, who participates in a panel discussion on bird flu sponsored by the New Fields Exhibitions.

• John Crichton, president and chief executive officer of NAV Canada, the private company that provides air-traffic control for Canada. He attends a conference hosted by the Federal Aviation Administration.

• Shlomo Swirski, academic director of Israel’s Adva Center, and Hamdi Al-Khawaja, economic and executive director of the Palestinian Democracy and Workers’ Rights Center, who hold a 10 a.m. press conference at the National Press Club.


• Epsy Campbell, a candidate for vice president of Costa Rica; Benedita da Silva, a former governor of Rio de Janeiro; Apolinar Salcedo, mayor of Cali, Colombia; Graciela Dixon, chief justice of the Panamanian Supreme Court; and Jose de Paula Neto, a Brazilian television star. They address the Inter-American Dialogue on racial equality in the Americas.

• Anne McLaren of Britain’s Cambridge University, who participates in a panel discussion on stem-cell research sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Call Embassy Row at 202/636-3297, fax 202/832-7278 or e-mail jmorrison@washingtontimes.com.

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